American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, July 17th)
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Baltimore 4
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the
Minnesota Twins took a 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the second of
Ryan Doumit added two hits, two RBI and a run scored while Jamey Carroll was
2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who have taken the first
two games of this set after dropping their previous five.
Samuel Deduno lasted just 4 1/3 innings in the start as he gave up four runs
-- three earned -- on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Alex
Burnett (3-2) got the win for pitching a scoreless seventh.
"We got some innings out of Deduno and then the bullpen was able to carry the
rest," said Burnett. "We usually get a couple of days off so when we need to
pick up some inning we're usually ready for it."
Adam Jones hit a three-run home run while Nick Markakis went 3-for-4 with two
runs scored for the Orioles, who have dropped six of their last seven games.
Zach Britton went just four-plus innings in his season-debut as he was
touched for four runs on six hits with six walks. Luis Ayala (2-3) was
handed the loss for giving up two runs in 2 2/3 innings.
"I struggled with my command tonight," said Britton. "I had a few tough
innings there, but it will get better as the season goes along."
The game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Twins took the
lead. With two outs, Carroll kept the inning alive with a single and Denard
Span followed with a hit to short that saw J.J. Hardy throw the ball away and
Carroll wind up on third. Pedro Strop then took over for Ayala and promptly
gave up the go-ahead run on a single from Ben Revere. Mauer followed with an
RBI single for a 6-4 advantage.
Glen Perkins struck out the side in the eighth while Jared Burton worked a
scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.
A wild pitch by Deduno in the first scored Markakis to give Baltimore a 1-0
lead, but the Twins tied the game in the fourth as Carroll's double plated
In the fifth, the Orioles went on top when Markakis and Jim Thome walked and
Jones brought them both home with a blast over the right field wall, his 21st
homer of the season.
The Twins, though, came right back in the bottom of the inning. Mauer singled
to start the frame while Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau both walked to
load the bases. Ayala then took the mound and got Trevor Plouffe to hit into a
fielder's choice that saw Mauer forced out at home, but Doumit followed with a
two-run single and Brian Dozier tied it with a single of his won.
Minnesota batted 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position, but left 14 men on
base...Baltimore was 1-for-7 with RISP and left nine...Baltimore has won three
of the five games against Minnesota this season...Britton was recalled from
Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday and the team placed second baseman Robert Andino
on the 15-day disabled list. Also, Baltimore selected the contract of pitcher
Brad Bergesen from Norfolk, optioned pitcher Miguel Socolovich to Norfolk and
transferred infielder Nick Johnson to the 60-day disabled list.
07/18 00:36:48 ET